A Collage of Memories
Over the years your face has experienced a thousand laughs, a thousand smiles, and a thousand tears. Good or bad these memories have stuck with you throughout the years. As you’ve aged all the facial expressions you made throughout the years have left a story written upon your face. Although this story is a wonderful collage of your past it doesn’t always appear this way. Crow’s feet are a common example of how your past can come back in undesirable ways.
What Causes Crow’s Feet Around the Eyes?
Crow’s feet are wrinkles on the outside of your eye formed when the contraction of the muscles causes the skin around your eyes to press together. These muscles contract when you smile, laugh, squint, or make a multitude of other facial expressions.
When you were younger these contractions happened with no real effect to your appearance. This is because of elastin and collagen contained in your skin.
Elastin and Collagen are proteins used by the human body to create connective tissue. Collagen gives rigidity to connective tissue allowing it to properly function, while elastin allows tissue to return to its original state.
Without high enough levels of collagen and elastin your skin is not elastic enough to regain its original appearance. This causes the skin to remain pressed together making your crow’s feet permanent.
How Can I Treat Crow’s Feet?
If you already have crow’s feet or are looking to prevent them in the future; there are many treatment options to choose from.
Botox & Dysport:
Botox removes the ability to contract from the muscles that cause crow’s feet. This is done by blocking the neural receptors of the muscle from the rest of the nervous system.
Because Botox keeps the muscles from forming new wrinkles, it is an effective preemptive strike against crow’s feet. Regular treatment with Botox also reduces the appearance of already existing wrinkles.
Dysport is the leading competitor against Botox when it comes to wrinkles. Both Botox and Dysport are derived from botulinum and work in the same manner.
Recent studies suggest that Dysport may be more effective than Botox but more research needs to be completed before the results can be verified.
Restylane & Juvederm:
These particular brands of filler are part of a new kind that absorbs into the body slower than traditional fillers. An added benefit is that both Restylane and Juvederm have been shown to encourage the natural growth of collagen in the body.